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Solar energy tax  
credits and rebates

Federal, state and local incentives

Federal, state and local governments offer incredible solar tax credits and rebates to encourage homeowners to switch to renewable energy to lower their energy usage and switch to solar power. The amount of the rebate subsidy varies by program, but some are generous enough to cover up to 30% of your solar power system cost.

The federal government allows you to deduct 30% of your solar power system costs off your federal taxes through an investment tax credit (ITC). If you do not expect to owe taxes this year, you can roll over your credit to the following year.

These incentives dramatically lower the cost of a solar power system or energy efficiency project. These tax credits and rebates often make solar power less expensive than power from the utility company.

However, these programs are designed to reward early adopters of solar power and energy efficiency, so the rebate amount per home continues to drop as the allotted funds are consumed. Call SolarCity to secure your rebate at the current level before it drops again. Some locations have additional incentives to make solar even more affordable.

SolarCity will get the most for your project

SolarCity is committed to helping you benefit from every federal, state and utility rebate and tax credit available for your energy upgrade projects.

Navigating through government rebate programs on your own can be intimidating. SolarCity will identify all of the qualifying tax credit and rebate programs for your system and file the required paperwork for you. We will even credit you for the state rebate upfront so that you do not have to wait for the government to send you a check later.

Energy efficient services

After a comprehensive on-site Home Energy Evaluation to diagnose the causes of high utility bills and energy loss, we will help you prioritize what changes will save you the most energy and have the greatest reduction on your utility bills. We will identify relevant solar energy rebates based on implemented recommendations, and where applicable, complete the paperwork and submit the application on your behalf.

Additional information on incentive programs

  • Incentive programs vary considerably from state to state. Find out more about programs in your area by visiting the Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE).
  • In California, solar rebates are administered through the California Solar Initiative (CSI). The amount of the rebate depends on the size of your solar power system and how much electricity it is estimated to produce. To check the current solar energy rebate levels in your area, check the CSI Trigger Tracker website.

In California, incentives are available for a wide range of energy efficiency upgrades. To learn more about availability in your area visit Energy Upgrade California. Speak to one of our Energy Advisors to learn more.

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